Since its 1989 formation in Oslo, Cikada has developed a refined and highly acclaimed profile on the international contemporary music scene.
From the very beginning, Cikada has consisted of flute,clarinet, piano, percussion, string quintet and conductor.
All ten are equal, permanent members, and the ensemble has become synonymous with the ‘Oslo Sound’ of fresh, vibrant, warm and virtuosic interpretations of consciously selected, contemporary repertoire.
In concerts at major international festivals and on numerous albums, Cikada’s distinct ensemble profile manifests itself in strong programming.
Integral to this work is a wish to develop long-term collaborations with composers and to build composer portraits with commissioned works over longer periods of time.
The nine musicians also take part in various smaller formations within the group: Cikada String Quartet, Cikada RBK (clarinet, piano and viola) and Cikada Piano Trio work as independent Cikada units, adding to the ensemble’s international identity.
Cikada was awarded the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2005.